Monday, December 15, 2008

Palin's church severely damaged by arson

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's home church was badly damaged by arson, leading the governor to apologize Saturday if the fire was connected to "undeserved negative attention" from her campaign as the Republican vice presidential nominee.

Damage to the Wasilla Bible Church was estimated at $1 million, authorities said. No one was injured in the fire, which was set Friday night while a handful of people, including two children, were inside, according to James Steele, the Central Mat-Su fire chief.

He said the blaze was being investigated as an arson. Steele said he didn't know of any recent threats to the church, and authorities did not know whether Palin's connection to the church was relevant to the fire.
"It's hard to say at this point. Everything is just speculation," he said.

Pastor Larry Kroon declined to say whether the church had received any recent threats.

Palin was not at the church at the time of the fire. She stopped by Saturday, and her spokesman Bill McAllister said in a statement that the governor told an assistant pastor she was sorry if the fire was connected to the "undeserved negative attention" the church has received since she became the vice presidential candidate Aug. 29.

"Whatever the motives of the arsonist, the governor has faith in the scriptural passage that what was intended for evil will in some way be used for good," McAllister said.

The 1,000-member evangelical church was the subject of intense scrutiny after Palin was named Sen. John McCain's running mate. Early in Palin's campaign, the church was criticized for promoting in a Sunday bulletin a Love Won Out conference in Anchorage sponsored by Focus on the Family. The conference promised to "help men and women dissatisfied with living homosexually understand that same-sex attractions can be overcome."

The fire was set at the entrance of the church and moved inward as a small group of women worked on crafts, Steele said. The group was alerted to the blaze by a fire alarm.

This is just my opinion, but I would categorize this crime as a "Hate Crime" and not arson. This was an intentional threat. There were people inside the church, women and children, and there was an injury. It could even be categorized as attempted murder. I disagree with the authorities on the arson charge, it was a lot more than that.

I just don't understand the blind hate that some people have toward Sarah Palin? It is time to move on and focus on what the future will hold. She lost the election can they not get passed that?

And why attack her church? What were they trying to resolve or what message they were trying to convey? What horrid situation.


Amy said...

That's awful. The arsonists should be ashamed of themselves especially setting a fire with people inside.

Most Rev. Gregori said...

Just one more thing make one say: "Hmmmmmmmmm".

mksviews said...

"I just don't understand the blind hate that some people have toward Sarah Palin?"

You don't know the left Leticia, tolerance, diversity and all that is just the facade for the useful idiots, at heart, hate is what drives the hardcore ones. If you want to know what's really inside them, ask one of them one day to denounce communism as an evil and wretched ideology, then sit back and watch them squirm.

The other reason is that they are terrified of Palin and all that she represents, so they try their best to drive her into the ground and into oblivion, she can never be allowed to get that close to the whitehouse again. They are terrified that she'll come back and will do all they possibly can to stop her.

"What were they trying to resolve or what message they were trying to convey?"

Come back at your own peril, crystal-clear.

Leticia said...

Aimz, it is a horrid situation and I wonder what the condition of the person who was injured is in? They never did specify.

Abouna, agreed.

MK, when you put that way it does make a lot of sense.

To burn a church down and knowing innocent people were inside makes me sick, they should have known she would not be inside, so I agree it was a very clear message and threat.

Amy Proctor said...

You make an excellent point, Leticia. Why is a crime against an African America or gay person a hate crime and not against Christians?

Leticia said...

Amy, if you find the answer for that one, let me know. Christians have lost their rights in this country.

MInTheGap said...

Personally, I'm against labeling any crime a "hate crime" because it assumes that I know what's going on in a person's head. There's only One that knows that, and He's not being asked for the most part.

I don't understand the timing-- it's weird to have it so far after the election. There are sad people out there, but we must remember that Christ died for them as well.